I have been living with a perforated septum since February of 2017. It has not been easy. It took almost 10 months to get into an appointment with an ear, nose and throat specialist, who had to then refer me to a plastic surgeon.
I saw the surgeon in November and at our first consult he didn’t sound very confident in being able to repair the damage in my sinuses – my small perforation had grown bigger. I was sent for blood work to test for an auto immune disease with a follow up appointment set in January. The blood test came back negative for auto immune.
This Monday I saw the surgeon again, and although he told me that he may not be able to 100% fix the problem, he was more positive about doing surgery to help fix the issue.
I have carefully thought a lot about surgery over the Christmas holidays and told him that I wanted to have the surgery done. I’m not looking for a miracle cure, but if he can improve the quality of my breathing then I’m all for it.
My surgery date has been set for March 6th 2018 – just over a year since the original issue started. Now that I have a date I can start to prepare for this. The time off from work to recover is booked. I’m starting to prepare mentally and physically for this as I’ll be on bed rest most of the first week, and then will be able to start doing light waking as part of of recovery beyond that.
I have some pretty big race goals for this year but after surgery it will be one step at a time.
I wish it hadn’t taken sooo long to see both specialists but that’s the nature of the health care system here. I just have to deal with that fact, move on and prepare for this surgery. I know I’ll have the support of friends and family around me, so that gives me a huge piece of mind.
As for the surgery it’s self, it is day surgery, should take about 2 hours to perform and then I can go home. I’ve only ever been put under one other time for surgery (getting my wisdom teeth out), so I’m a little scared but know I’ll be in good hands.